Incoherent video gamey sci-fi action movie.
  • Review Date: June 26, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Violet is a genetically engineered vampire-terrorist-assassin. But she means well.


Pretty much non-stop cartoony, bloodless violence: Violet kicks, runs over, shoots, and slams her opponents, without eliciting even red stains on their shirts.


Violet wears sexy outfit; in one scene she appears nude (as a silhouette).


Mild cursing: two s-words, slang for male genitals, "damn," "hell."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes repeated (and repetitive) scenes of video game-like violence, with shooting, cars and motorcycles racing, falling, and martial artsy kicking. Weapons range from futuristic-zappy to old-fashioned. (For the most part, these conflicts don't result in bloody injuries, just "action.") The genetically engineered Violet protects a young boy, the target of multiple assailants. Violet wears very tight outfits; in an early scene, she's instructed to "strip" before entering a security scanner, revealing a shadowy version of her nude backside as she walks away from the camera. Language includes a couple of s-words, slang for genitals, "hell," and "damn."

What's the story?

Violet (Milla Jovovich) is a genetically engineered terrorist-assassin (called a "hemophage"). Her condition was instigated by a virus, which led to a miscarriage, so she's part angry and part sad. Violet now sports vampire fangs and skintight outfits, with shifting hair color. Her devotion to her boss, Nerva (Sebastien Andrieu), and cause is cut short when she learns that her latest mission involves the destruction of a child carried around in a briefcase. The child's name, Six (Cameron Bright), quite gives away his identity, at least in relation to the man who claims to be his "father" -- evil biochemical genius and Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund). Violet is damaged repeatedly, but has access to a friendly doctor, Garth (William Fichtner), who puts her together again more than once, and pledges his affection to her (even though she's more interested in the child, presumably out of maternal instincts). Still, Violet maintains her hard exterior, quick to take out all opponents and insist the boy obey her angry orders.

Is it any good?


According to Violet (Milla Jovovich), she lives in a future "you may not understand." But how could you? ULTRAVIOLET is incoherent even by the silly standards of other video game-based movies. Shot with HD cameras, the film looks bizarre, as if the entire surface has been scrubbed to resemble the soft filters and Vaselined lenses of old. It's an odd effect for the SF/action genre, but familiar to anyone who remembers Jovovich's Feria hair color commercials.

While Jovovich is an appealing model-turned-movie star, she's adrift here. By the last 15 minutes, it appears that whoever edited just gave up completely, and strung together a series of unrelated shots as an unresolved, hard-to-follow "finale."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ethical or medical problems of cloning and genetic engineering. How are Violet's sense of identity and loyalty to her "community" premised on survival rather than trust? How does the film explain Violet's yearning for a family?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 3, 2006
DVD release date:June 27, 2006
Cast:Cameron Bright, Milla Jovovich, Nick Chinlund
Director:Kurt Wimmer
Studio:Screen Gems
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byaidanqm1996 August 21, 2009

Comic-book based

Lots of martial arts action. Violet wears a lot of blouses that show quite a bit of midriff. But for teens and adults that love action, this is definitely a movie to watch.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag April 21, 2012

Bad scifi flick is violent and over-the-top

This dumb attempt to make a science fiction movie is only one big fail. If this was a video game, it could have been some fun, but as a movie it is pure waste of time. Milla Jovovich can be a good actress, but this movie doesn't even give her a chance. Also, the studio decided to cut out several scenes (as stated on several website, they cut it down from 120 minutes to 89 minutes), making it seem like a short compilation of fighting scenes. The plot is familiar, and does not feature any surprises or interesting twists. Overall, it is really bad. Absolutely not recommended. Over-the-top comic book-ish violence includes several characters being slit with swords (there is little blood), one character sliced in half (so dark it does not push a PG-13), several beatings and fistfights and so on... After all, mature teens and up can handle it - suitable for viewers 14 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byxXxMovieChic1313xXx June 6, 2010
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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